Use what you have – hydro powerhouse growing out of the estate

flat pack power house cladding. the cladding comes in convenient packs (trees) and we simply have to cut them to size. This larch will be converted and used to clad the building.

flat pack power house cladding. The cladding comes in convenient packs (trees) and we simply have to cut them to size. This larch will be converted and used to clad the hafod y llan power house building.

Rhys has kindly sent this image of the timber milling happening today. The mobile mill is producing all of the larch we need for the cladding of the power house at Hafod y Llan. Larch is the bee’s knees in terms of durability and will grey off nicely so that the building melts into the back ground. (its such a pity its being hit hard with the phytophthora ramorum at the moment)

Timber is not the only thing that’s being used from the estate. The hefty retaining wall behind the power house is made from gabions filled with stone from the power house foundation. It also looks superb. The main pipe bits have just arrived from Gilkes which means the anchor block in the power house can now be cast before the floor slab goes in. This means the remaining ductile iron pipes can be installed up the mountain to meet the MDPE plastic pipes (last 200m) – it’s all go!

Top left - gabion stone walls in the background. Substation almost complete. Top right; the 900mm tail race which will put the water back in the river. Nice stone detailing Bottom right; the gabion walls :bottom left: the formwork for the turbine and tail race. (nice and complex)

Top left – gabion stone walls in the background. Substation almost complete. Top right; the 900mm tail race which will put the water back in the river. Nice stone detailing Bottom right; the gabion walls :bottom left: the form-work for the turbine and tail race. (nice and complex)

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2 Responses to Use what you have – hydro powerhouse growing out of the estate

  1. We also spent Monday milling our own larch down in Brecon, although our timber is destined for the renovation of a greenhouse and kennels and the construction of a water supply shed.

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